SEA Currents: Robert C. Seamans
November 29, 2014
You Can’t Beat a Good Day in Wellington
41°17.1’S x 174°46.8’E
Alongside Queens Wharf, Wellington
Warmer and Sunny! Light to moderate southerly breezes (southerly here means “from Antarctica” and a little chilly).
Sail Plan & Course/Speed
Stowed neatly and Alongside
Locals joke “You can’t beat Wellington on a nice day!”
It’s truly a beautiful and fun place on such a day… you just rarely get a “nice day” in Wellington. Lucky for us, today was just such a day! On the agenda today for crew: prepare the ship for public viewing onboard in the afternoon; for students: work on the ever-present assignments, soak up some sun, and visit the national museum of New Zealand known as Te Papa.
So while students studied and eventually left for Te Papa, I helped the crew. We had a brand new mains’l and newly repaired mainstays’l to reattach (sailors say to “bend on”), which the wind of the last few days had not let us finish until now. I should say a bit about who I am. I’ve never sailed as a student with SEA but have done similar things here in New Zealand. I was born in Vermont but have spent most of my life growing up New Zealand. For the next few weeks I will be learning the ways of the Robert C. Seamans and helping the ship’s crew as “Sailing Intern.”
After study time, the students all went to Te Papa, a museum so large that I don’t think anyone got around to all the sections. Lots of people were really interested in the Maori history exhibitions (New Zealand’s indigenous people). However, the museum is full of other NZ related things, from history to wildlife to geology and natural disasters to artwork. Some were fascinated by the giant colossal squid… being keep on display in a really, really, big “jar.” Biologists love stuff in jars.
Some of the public enjoyed coming onboard this strange ship from 1400 – 1700 (2pm – 5pm), even one or two who has sailed as students years ago and now live in New Zealand.
Everyone is now back on the ship for dinner and to get ready for departure tomorrow. Excited to get sailing again, do more science and head for a new destination, Dunedin, in ten days time. Maybe a bit apprehensive about it getting cooler as we go south but we’ll see some penguins right?
Good bye Wellington! Thanks for giving us at least one not quite so windy day.